UN Guiding Principles

  • NGO Calls for BHR Treaty to Regulate Trade Deals

    August 01, 2017

    A report from CIDSE, a network of Catholic social justice organizations, calls for any future UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR) to force countries negotiating trade and investment agreements to take into account global BHR principles, including requiring governments to perform a "human rights impact assessment" before concluding any trade deal.

  • UN Independent Experts Critique Peru on BHR

    July 27, 2017

    Following a 10-day visit to the country, a group of UN human rights mandate holders called on the Peruvian government to reform its handling of "social conflicts" related to business operations and called for "a new mechanism to protect human rights defenders" in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • IBA Releases Handbook on BHR "Due Diligence"

    July 26, 2017

    The International Bar Association (IBA) has released a handbook guiding corporate lawyers to incorporate human rights due diligence practices into their clients' commercial transactions in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • UN Agents Warn Against Peruvian Oil Deal

    July 26, 2017

    Two UN human rights mandate holders have called on the Peruvian government to cease negotiations for oil rights in a region of the country until they have obtained the "free, prior and informed consent" of indigenous peoples living in the area in line with global human rights standards.

  • Roundtable Focuses on BHR Treaty Strategy

    July 26, 2017

    In the lead-up to a third working session on the development of a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR), a group of BHR advocates gathered in London to discuss the best diplomatic approach to the negotiation of the treaty to ensure adoption and implementation of BHR principles by businesses around the world.

  • NGO Targets Tobacco Company over BHR Principles

    July 24, 2017

    Human Rights Watch has published a call for shareholders of British American Tobacco to pressure the company to perform "due diligence" to prevent negative human rights impacts in its global supply chain, including in the US, and to publicly report its progress on addressing violations of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • NGOs Seek BHR Pressure by Clean Energy Investors

    July 21, 2017

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has launched an "investor briefing" counseling financiers of renewable energy projects on tools they should use, such as human rights "due diligence" and monitoring, to ensure that these projects comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • UN Body Calls for Australia to Embrace BHR Agenda

    July 18, 2017

    In a recent report, the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights has urged the Australian government to adopt a national action plan on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) and to impose liability on businesses that fail to perform "due diligence" regarding their global BHR impacts.

  • Letter Calls on EU to Enforce BHR "Due Diligence"

    July 14, 2017

    An open letter to the European Commission posted on the website of the Business & Human Rights (BHR) Resource Centre calls for the EU to develop a supranational enforcement mechanism requiring businesses in the garment sector to perform "due diligence" regarding human rights impacts in their supply chains in line with the UN Guiding Principles on BHR.

  • NGO Seeks End to Pervasive Corporate BHR "Impunity"

    July 13, 2017

    In its effort to spur on national and international policy reforms to strengthen the enforcement of the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has issued its latest Corporate Legal Accountability Annual Briefing, spotlighting what it perceives to be the "impunity" of businesses that avoid accountability for BHR violations.

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